One of the most important decisions when choosing a string light is whether you are going to go with LED or incandescent. Both have special attributes that make them the right choice for certain applications. Both have their time to shine, depending on your specific lighting needs. Let’s run through what you need, and we will let you know which ones best fit you!
LED lights will win every time when it comes to power. LED Bulbs typically use 90% less electricity than their incandescent counterparts. This both saves your electricity bill and allows you to have more lights. For this reason incandescent bulbs tend to be best for people using them for event use or for short time periods.
If you are looking to cover long stretches, you will want to lean towards LED since its power draw is so much less. You will be able to get much longer lengths, meaning you have to do less work finding outlets on different circuits.
LED bulbs typically last at least three times longer than incandescent bulbs. To extend your light bulbs’ lives even longer, choose an acrylic LED that won’t break if dropped!
Incandescent bulbs naturally have a warm white color output. To get color incandescent bulbs, the glass itself will be colored. LED light bulbs can come colored, or sometimes it will also have white bulb with a color exterior giving off a color light. As a result though, when getting color bulbs, LED bulbs typically have a more true and vibrant color.
Though bulbs can range in brightness, typically LED bulbs will be the brightest. When choosing bulbs, the clear bulbs within both the LED and incandescent bulbs will have the most light output.
Though you can use wattage to gage the brightness of a bulb, keep in mind that when comparing LED to incandescent LED bulbs will show a much smaller number because of its much smaller power draw. It can have a significantly smaller wattage and be twice as bright, so make sure when using wattage to compare brightness, compare within LED or incandescent types.
Incandescent bulbs are often softer on the eyes, so if you are looking for that cozy romantic feel, incandescent bulbs might be for you. LEDs can mirror the color output of an incandescent bulb with the warm white look which will make it difficult for you to even tell the difference.
LED bulbs are typically more expensive than incandescent lights, at least initially. However, it does not take long for them to pay for themselves. With LED bulbs’ lower power draw, they will save you money over time. They also last at least three times longer, meaning you have to replace them much less often. If you are looking for a light that you only anticipate using for an event or for a season, incandescent might work best for you. If you are looking for your lights to be ups for long term, or want to keep your electricity bill small this holiday season LED might be the choice for you.
When it comes down to it, the wonderful thing about globe lights have interchangeable bulbs. You may want incandescent now, but upgrade to LED later on, or the other way around!